Even after three years of working with CLPP, I continue to be amazed on a daily basis by the people and programs of the CLPP community. I am inspired by the talented and dedicated staff who work diligently to make sure our programs run successfully day in and day out. I am amazed by the creativity and passion among CLPP student group members who come to weekly meetings and volunteer their time to support this growing movement. I am amazed by the CLPP faculty who teach and inspire us students to thoughtfully and responsibly engage with the world around us.
Notes from a CLPP Alum: From Community Activist to Registered Nurse
by Ryn Gluckman, RN, BSN
I am sitting at the triage window at my local Emergency Department, stethoscope around my neck, fighting back a creeping and familiar panic that is threatening to clamp around my throat. It is 5 p.m., six hours into my shift, and as the local doctors’ offices close the waiting room here is starting to fill up and the line to sign in as a patient reaches out the door.
LGBTQI Young People on the Doorstep of Health Care: Understanding Obstacles and Increasing Access
by Lani Blechman, CLPP Program/Communications Coordinator
When I Dare to be Powerful: Zawadi Nyong'o Returning Home to Help Build a Movement
by Corinna Yazbek, CLPP Program Coordinator
What is often lost in the current debates about the sex trade - between sex worker rights advocates and sex work abolitionists - is the voices, experiences and desires of current and former sex workers. Working with Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Program (BHESP) and the Kenya Sex Worker Alliance (KESWA), CLPP alum Zawadi Nyong’o (Hampshire 00F) helped organize Kenya’s first International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, where 1,000 sex workers marched on the streets of Nairobi for the first time.
by Akira Céspedes Pérez, 2009 CLPP Conference Coordinator
I had been in Oklahoma for the whole of one week when I mentioned for the first time I work with youth and women regarding their reproductive health. The people sitting at the square table, mainly in their 20s, 30s and 40s, quieted down their conversations, processing, perhaps, my comment. “You mean to say you help people have sex?” asked the woman in front of me, her stern yet wise blue eyes fixated on mine. It was then when I started to fear that my move to the state where the wind comes sweeping down the plain might not have been the best decision I have made.